Wednesday, 31 October 2012

5th October, 2012 Friday Hegura Day 7

A massive thunderstorm during the night woke everyone up, but by dawn luckily this had cleared and we were able to make our usual pre-breakfast walk along the Central Track, out to the Quail track, Dragons Pool and the Shrine Headland before returning to the School field and Harbour Park and then our cold egg breakfast. Weather now excellent, fine warm and sunny becoming hot during mid-day, when we took the opportunity to have a short rest during the heat of the day. Fewer migrants seen on our early walk although 2 Wrynecks together was enjoyable, and we met the Ferry as David's friend Ted Shimba was arriving today to twitch the Pine Buntings and Tree Pipit. Very nice person and an excellent birder who was the author of a field guide to the Birds of Japan.
After we met up with Ted, we covered the Tsuakasa area but only obtaining poor views of just 1 Pine Bunting although the Tree Pipit showed very well and a Short-eared Owl came in off the sea and over our heads. Arriving at the drinking pool, other Japanese birders had just photographed and Gray's Grasshopper Warbler drinking. After lunch we returned at 2.00 pm to the drinking pool and after a few minutes the Gray's popped out and spent 5 minutes at the pool although keeping in the shade gave excellent views and proved to be one of the highlights of the trip.
Ted had to go back on the return ferry, so after our good-byes, we concentrated covering the whole Island and found a good arrival of migrants including both Dusky and Raddes Warblers, a superb male Siberian Rubythroat at Tsukasa which gave a couple of very good views, and unlucky for Ted the 4 Pine Buntings were again showing well, there was also another arrival of Flycatchers including our only Dark-sided Flycatcher of the trip and we returned to the drinking pool at dusk when an Asian Stubtail put on a superb performance for several minutes at the pool. Today was just one good migrant after another where-ever we went.

Streaked Shearwater 10
Grey Heron 8
Teal 2
Mallard 1
Spot-billed Duck 1
Pintail 1
Shoveler 1
Black-eared Kite 1
Peregrine 2
Common Sandpiper 1
Black-tailed Gull 100
Rufous Turtle Dove 2
Oriental Cuckoo 1
Short-eared Owl 1
Wryneck 3
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1
Skylark 2
Asian House Martin 1
Olive-backed Pipit 8
Tree Pipit 1
Grey Wagtail 2
Black-backed Wagtail 20
Brown-eared Bulbul 2
Siberian Rubythroat 1 male ex.
Siberian Stonechat 6
Blue Rock Thrush 5
Pale Thrush 8
Eye-browed Thrush 6
Dusky Thrush 150
Naumann's Thrush 1
Asian Stubtail 1
Japanese Bush Warbler h
Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler 3
Gray's Grasshopper Warbler 1 ex.
Black-browed Reed Warbler 2
Arctic Warbler 6
Pacific Warbler 6
Yellow-browed Warbler 1
Radde's Warbler 1 ex.
Dusky Warbler 1 ex.
Goldcrest 10
Blue-and-white Flycatcher 1
Dark-sided Flycatcher 1
Grey-streaked Flycatcher 5
Brown Flycatcher 7
Eastern Great Tit 1
Japanese White-eye 15
Bull-headed Shrike 1
Large-billed Crow 2
White-cheeked Starling 1
Brambling 60
Oriental Greenfinch 25
Siskin 100
Hawfinch 5
Masked Bunting 15
Pine Bunting 4
Chestnut-eared Bunting 1
Tristram's Bunting 1
Rustic Bunting 3
Little Bunting 6

Another fine walk out to the Dragons Pool and Shrine Headland

Two Wrynecks either side of the picture

Wryneck calling



Two Wrynecks along the SE shore - these pictures
shows the camouflage plumage against the pine.

Great Spotted Woodpecker along the Central Track.

Japanese White-eye along the Central Track

Siberian Stonechat of the race Stejnegeri in the Enclosure 
along the Western shore

Pacific Warbler along the Central Track



Radde's Warbler at the Tsukasa fields

Dusky Warbler at dusk near the statue by the School field




Gray's Grasshopper Warbler drinking and washing at the drinking
pool for at least five minutes and a highlight of the trip

The Tree Pipit was still present at the Tsukasa fields.

1stW. Black Backed Wagtail on the School field. It would be nice
to photograph an adult male.

Eastern Great Tit at the drinking pool



Another small fall of Brown Flycatchers today. Nice to
photograph one in the bushes.

1st.W. Rustic Bunting on the School field - Hopefully one will
soon let me get closer.


Masked Bunting along the Western Shore. 

Dragonfly Sp.

Lizard at the drinking pool

Bee Sp. The only one we saw like this and it was quite a brute.